I think it was FWW a few issues ago that expressed a preference for the
Woodslicer blade. This months issue will probably send a lot of traffic to
BC Saw (www.bcsaw.com). IIRC that same FWW article on the Woodslicer
thought highly of the bcsaw blades as well. The price difference between
the two brands is pretty large.
The author buys 1/2" 3TPI Starret blades welded/from BC Saw in bulk. His
advice is to keep a sharp blade in there all of the time - the lower cost BC
Saw blades make that more practical for shop owner. Says that that blade
stays in his saw almost all of the time. Interesting that he undertensions
his blade too.
As for drift - he attributes some (all/most?) of it to proper blade tracking
on the wheel. When I change blades on my 14"'er - I spend a lot of time
aligning the blade. And I haven't seen the drift issues that others report.
So, my personal (in)experience could support his. I think he also downplays
the whole "co-planar wheels" argument.
One other interesting tidbit is when he mentions that the bandsaws he used
in European shops lacked the lower thrust bearing entirely.
My next project will involve more resawing than I've ever done in the past.
Might be a good opportunity to try his approach and see what my personal